Communications Officer, Faculty of Environment

Communications Officer

Faculty of Environment

Would you like to be part of an exciting new research project mitigating the risks of floods and droughts, improving water quality and bringing significant benefits to the economy, environment and wider society? Do you have excellent communication and influencing skills, with experience of events management and website development?

The Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP) is a 6 million investment over five years, with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, aimed at generating solutions to significant environmental issues and bringing benefits across rural and urban areas of Yorkshire. The programme requires a team of innovative communicators, experts and administrators to support the translation of science and the engagement of agencies across all sectors.

Reporting to the Programme Manager, you will be key to generating impact and publicity, facilitating working relationships between academic experts and partners in industry and public sector organisations at both a regional and national level. You will facilitate access to information between academic experts and partners, providing information through the web, social media, briefing documents and events. You will support engagement with policy makers helping to influence decisions, and promote iCASP at an international level.

What does the role entail?

As a Communications Officer, your main duties will include:

  • Reviewing and developing relationships and communications with regional organisations linked to iCASP;
  • Developing and implementing a communications and outreach plan;
  • Working with partner organisations to develop communications tools with mutual benefits for our partners;
  • Developing, planning and managing events and activities including workshops, exhibitions and research meetings, which support and enhance external partnerships;
  • Developing and maintaining a web and social media presence;
  • Developing and producing promotional materials and policy briefs;
  • Acting as a point of contact for external enquiries;
  • Developing internal engagement and communications to promote a sense of community amongst academic colleagues.

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

What will you bring to the role?

As a Communications Officer you will have:

  • The ability to influence and build effective working relationships with people at all levels;
  • A proven track record of developing and implementing successful communications to meet organisational objectives;
  • The ability to review and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of communications, outreach and engagement activities;
  • Experience of building a digital presence for an organisation, delivering engaging web content and co-ordinating social media campaigns;
  • Experience of communicating complex information in a concise, engaging accessible way, to a variety of audiences;
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with experience of copywriting for briefings, reports, policy-briefs, promotional materials and web content;
  • Experience of event management and managing projects from initiation to successful completion;
  • Strong time-management and personal organisation; flexibility of approach and ability to work to deadlines.

You may also have:

  • An understanding of the use of research in business and government organisations.

How to apply

You can apply for this role online; more guidance can be found on our How to Apply information. Applications should be submitted by 23.59 (UK time) on the closing date.

Contact information

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Joseph Holden, Director of iCASP
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9752

Additional information

Find out more about the Faculty.
Find out more about the research programme iCASP.
Find out more about our Research and associated facilities.
Find out more about Athena Swan in the Faculty.

Working at Leeds

You can find out more about our generous benefits package and more about what it is like to work at the University and live in the Leeds area in our Working at Leeds information.

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Criminal record information

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

A criminal record check is not required for this position, however, all applicants will be required to declare if they have any 'unspent' criminal offences, including those pending.

Any offer of appointment will be in accordance with our Criminal Records policy. You can find out more about required checks and declarations in our Criminal Records information.

published: 09 December 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.